How many law firms can you say have displayed lean or agile principles?
What would you say if you saw Lean principles and Agile values being displayed at your lawyers office - with stickies on the wall and teams of lawyers, legal secretaries, and senior partners all around a whiteboard "storming" on a case to help them win?
Well this is my reality. Having left a large company doing Scrum across their 10 software teams building insurance software and moving to a small law firm of about 10, this is becoming a reality and way of working for us.
Use of Lean and Agile principles outside of software development is happening in all sorts of areas - and I am actively trying to bring the legal practice into the 21st Century! Terms like collaborative, cross functional, transparency, maximizing flow are not terms you generally hear in a law firm, but that is all changing with law firms also needing to become more innovative and leading edge when it comes to reducing clients costs, delivering what the client wants, and understanding their clients needs clearly and effectively.